We’ve been on our new wait list process for a bit over a year and I thought it was time I send a general update about how it’s been going. We also have some updates regarding GDPR that impact everyone waiting for their invite so I’ll cover both in this post.
We’ve been tweaking the process in small steps, but overall it has simplified things for Nic and I in terms of managing sales and ensuring everyone gets an invite and opportunity to order when they reach the head of the queue. Occasionally invites are missed, but we’ve been pretty good about issuing new passwords so folks get to place their orders. One challenge is invites ending up in junk or spam mail folders. Invites are sent with my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, so you can search on that email address for invites or if you’re tech savvy – create a filter that places it somewhere you won’t miss it when it comes in. If you happen to search now and discovered you missed your invite, send me a note and I’ll verify and slot you back in the queue so you’re not waiting an additional year for your invite.
Yes, I said year. Based on the current list of 994 and how many we’re processing each month it’s likely a year to 14 months before folks that signup today will get an invite. Nic’s overall forging capacity per month is predictable, but we have to factor in his time for teaching courses and the prep that goes into each as well as obligations that keep him from forging blades for folks on the wait list, so the number of invites per month varies. Our goal is to ensure we’re not taking more orders than he can reasonable fulfill within 30 days, so the invites go out in decreasing batches starting the second or third week of each month tapering off as we approach projected capacity. Typically we’re sending anywhere from 10 to 150 invites per month with the average month right around 75 invites, so about 900 a year.
You may have been seeing a lot about GDPR or EU General Data Protection Regulation, which is coming into full force on May 25th, 2018 a week from today. We’re impacted by this as we store your personal information to send you an invite when you reach the top of the queue. Part of GDPR is explicit consent to use your email address to contact you. Without this consent we’re forced to remove you from our list. The signup form has been updated so anyone signing up is giving consent and we sent an email to everyone on the list requesting you update your settings. If you haven’t seen this email please search for an email from me and hit the update setting button in the email to opt-in. As right now, there are 480 folks that have not responded to a GDPR Opt-in email, so if you’ve ignored it please respond as noted above we’ll have to remove you from the list. Please note, you must select the check box for email to Opt-In, implied consent is no longer good enough under GDPR.
If you can’t find the email and you want to be sure you don’t lose your place in the queue, you can select the link below and re-enter your info. It will generate an error and tell you to click the link to send an email to you to update your settings, please do so and look for the email and complete.